By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 11, 2013 at 4:57PM
Last fall, to the sadness of fans everywhere, it was revealed that the hit show "Louie" would not be returning to the small screen until 2014. Louis C.K. -- who writes, directs, stars and edits each episode -- said, "I want season four to go somewhere new…I'm looking back to when I did the first season and the time I took to do the show and decide which directions to go in and I want that back again. I want a little breathing room." At the time it was said he was planning to start writing early in 2013, but he's got a gig coming up that will likely come first.
THR reports that C.K. is in talks to joins David O. Russell's untitled Abscam film, previously known as "American Bullshit." And he's joining a helluva cast. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are already slated to star in the movie that's the true story of a famed financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Renner), who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. No word yet on C.K.'s part, but it's said to be a "key role."
When we spoke with Russell last month, he was already looking forward to the unexpected performance he was planning to get out of his cast. "They're all going to do things we haven't seen them do in this movie, it's going to be very exciting," he shared. "Renner's going to be like you've never saw him. Bradley's going to be like you never saw him. Christian will be... I don't want to give too much of it away but they're all playing real life characters from the ‘70s and they're very intense in an insane drama." Does he have something similarly off-the-beaten-path for C.K.? Let's hope.
Production begins on the movie next month, and given that his "Silver Linings Playbook" is now a strong Oscar contender, we'd suspect this one will see him in the mix twelve months from now.